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Council merger: debt no issue – Hawkes Bay

The argument that local body amalgamation would see Napier people paying for Hastings' debt is "so wrong in fact", that the proponents of amalgamation want it "ring fenced forever" to remove it from the discussion.



Northland public submission process now complete

The Local Government Commission has completed public hearings into proposed reform of council structures in Northland and is now analysing the information before deciding its next steps.




Time to share your views on libraries of the future - Hamilton

As Hamilton City Council looks to the future shape of the city’s libraries services, residents are being asked to share their ideas on what they want.



Dunedin CC departments under review

The Dunedin City Council has hired an independent financial consultant to review activities in its vehicle fleet and parking departments.



Lobby group resists call to pay $6m in withheld rates

A plea by the Kaipara District Council for ratepayers withholding rates of about $6 million to pay up has been rebuffed by a lobby group embroiled in a longstanding spat with the territorial authority.



New Business Units Confirmed for Rotorua District Council

Rotorua District Council will pursue the establishment of separate business units to look after tourism, events and venues, the I Site and Castlecorp.